2004, October 12. Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce
Amstar Company, Inc., Perf. 14.
Se-tenant Pairs, Sheets of 40 and Miniature Sheets of 8 (4
Walled City (Intramuros)
Great Wall of China
Miniature Sheets of 8 (8,000)
Lee Tiong Seng
Designs: The composite design depicts
the Intramuros alongside the Great Wall of China as though East Asia
meets Asia. This symbolizes more than 100 years of relations between
the two countries, friendly in its social and political aspects, and
mutually beneficial in terms of commerce and trade. Dominant colors are
red, green, and gold. Red is the Chinese color for luck, green is
the universal color for productivity, and gold, universal as well,
stands for wealth.
So with these stamps, the Filipino-Chinese General
Chamber of Commerce, Inc, conveys its wish and hope for endless
years of luck, productivity, and wealth for both China and the
First Day Covers: Manila
Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce - 100th Anniversary
The Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (FCGCCI) is
the "oldest" Chinese business organization in the Philippines, which
was established in 1904. It aims to provide financial and material
contributions to the country, especially assistance to the victims
of calamities and needy fellow Filipinos. It also provides
settlements as well as arbitrations of disputes brought to its
attention in the Chinese community.
During its existence before the year 1950, the
chamber enjoyed recognition by the whole Chinese population as their
omnibus agency on one hand; while on the other hand, it was the
representative agency of the local Chinese in the eyes of our
government. On its shoulder laid the twin important tasks of
safeguarding the interests and security of the Chinese population.
At the same time, taking pains in adjusting the Chinese community in
a turbulent and highly complex world situation.
The chamber firmly believes that the Chinese
community should be integrated into the big Philippine society, with
security and progress as the objectives of the attainment,
considering the fact that this country has become their homeland,
being the place of their birth, growth and development. Thus, to
effect a true integration of the Filipino and the Chinese societies,
the Chinese should participate actively in the civic and charitable
projects as well as social activities; adapt to the customs and
traditions of the Filipino people; and break the psychological
barrier existing between the two people.